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Google killed Daydream a year ago but Android 11 wipes it away

Android 11 doesn't support Google Daydream VR. If you update your phone, your Daydream View won't work anymore. Bad new for fans.

Published Mon, Oct 5 2020 9:12 PM CDT   |   Updated Mon, Oct 19 2020 8:20 PM CDT

Google's Daydream VR platform was a short-lived attempt at tackling the mobile VR market. Google launched the platform in late 2016 and stopped supporting it in late 2019. Google Daydream was already dead, but Android 11 eliminates it.

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Hat tip to Android Police for spotting the change in the Android 11 release notes. The latest version of Google's mobile operating system doesn't offer any support for Google's past VR platform.

The lack of Daydream support in the latest Android release shouldn't be a big surprise. Google officially abandoned Daydream VR in October 2019, and the Pixel 4 smartphone lineup was not "Daydream certified." None of the 2019 Android smartphones are certified for Daydream. Though, you could still use an older phone to access the Daydream library.

If you own a Daydream view and a compatible phone and wish to continue using the headset, you might want to turn automatic updates off.

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Kevin is a lifelong tech enthusiast. His fascination with computer technology started at a very young age when he watched a family friend install a new hard drive into the family PC. After building his first computer at 15, Kevin started selling custom computers. After graduating, Kevin spent ten years working in the IT industry. These days, he spends his time learning and writing about technology - specifically immersive technologies like augmented reality and virtual reality.

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